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Pretext Tasks selection for multitask self-supervised speech representation learning

2021-07-01 16:36:29
Salah Zaiem, Titouan Parcollet, Slim Essid


Through solving pretext tasks, self-supervised learning leverages unlabeled data to extract useful latent representations replacing traditional input features in the downstream task. In various application domains, including computer vision, natural language processing and audio/speech signal processing, a wide range of features where engineered through decades of research efforts. As it turns out, learning to predict such features has proven to be a particularly relevant pretext task leading to building useful self-supervised representations that prove to be effective for downstream tasks. However, methods and common practices for combining such pretext tasks, where each task targets a different group of features for better performance on the downstream task have not been explored and understood properly. In fact, the process relies almost exclusively on a computationally heavy experimental procedure, which becomes intractable with the increase of the number of pretext tasks. This paper introduces a method to select a group of pretext tasks among a set of candidates. The method we propose estimates properly calibrated weights for the partial losses corresponding to the considered pretext tasks during the self-supervised training process. The experiments conducted on speaker recognition and automatic speech recognition validate our approach, as the groups selected and weighted with our method perform better than classic baselines, thus facilitating the selection and combination of relevant pseudo-labels for self-supervised representation learning.

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